Prepare for your communication future

Working with caring professors with vast experience in journalism and public relations, you will learn the researching, reporting, interviewing and writing skills needed in a wide variety of communication careers, including reporting, editing, copy writing, public relations, social media, marketing, publishing, and advocacy.


Student Success

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Laura (Sweeney) Tahmouch

Laura (Sweeney) Tahmouch ’10 (journalism and public relations) is the director of marketing and events for the Livonia Chamber of Commerce, where she plans and coordinates 30-40 events per year. Armed with experience from three internships, Tahmouch has excelled in the marketing world. “The experience I gained from my three internships is irreplaceable,” she said. “Community is very important in my role and having already built some connections in the area and having knowledge of Livonia has helped.” Tahmouch knew that Madonna’s feel and student-to-professor ratio would provide an atmosphere for success.  “The expectations, organizational skills and morals that Madonna instills in its students has stuck with me," she said. "Madonna provides you with the knowledge, skills and connections to succeed no matter the degree.”



Practice and perfect the art of writing in several different genres.

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Communication Studies

Develop the communication skills in high demand by employers.

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Faculty Bios

Dr. Neal HaldaneProfessor

Ph.D., Wayne State University

M.A., Michigan State University

B.A., Michigan State University



Dr. Neal Haldane

Dr. Neal Haldane directs the Journalism/Public Relations program and also teaches Communication and Writing courses. His courses prepare students for a wide range of media careers by emphasizing hands-on experience with traditional and digital communication tools and strategies.

The former newspaper reporter, editor and public relations practitioner extolls the virtues of experiential learning through internships and co-ops. He also emphasizes the importance of connecting the classroom to the community via service-learning and study abroad initiatives. In addition, Haldane works closely with the First-Year Experience helping students transition to college.

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Kathleen EdelmayerProfessor

Ph.D., Wayne State University

M.A., Central Michigan University 

B.A., Wayne State University



Kathleen Edelmayer

Dr. Kathleen M. Edelmayer is a Professor of Communication. She joined Madonna University in 2003 after having been the Chair of the Humanities Division at St. Mary’s College of Ave Maria University. Previously, she was Director of Debate at Illinois State University, Assistant Director of Forensics at St. Olaf College, and Visiting Assistant Professor at Albion College. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication and a B.A. in Economics from Wayne State University. Her M.A. in Communication is from Central Michigan University.

Dr. Edelmayer teaches interpersonal communication, argumentation and persuasion, small group communication, and political campaign communication. Her research areas are religious and political communication, teaching methods, and administrative issues. She is very involved in Madonna University’s Study Abroad program, having led programs to Ireland and Poland/Prague.

She is very active in the professional community. She currently serves the National Communication Association as a member of the legislative assembly and the leadership team of the Undergraduate College and University Section of NCA. She has served as president of the Religious Communication Association, executive board member of the Central States Communication Association, and finance committee chair of the American Forensics Association.

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